Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Tones sound, and roar, and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.” — Ludwig van Beethoven

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NCKP 2013 Haul

I almost forgot to post a photo of all the freebies I took home from the NCKP.  (I love freebies!) Each day, there is an Exhibiter Showcase in the morning and late afternoon.  These sessions often offer freebies of some the latest releases from major publishers, usually in a free tote bag.  Here is a […]

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NCKP 2013 – Wrap-Up Post

The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy is awesome.  I learned so much and it was wonderful to connect or re-connect with other teachers.  The schedule is intense — there are sessions, master classes, recitals, teaching demonstrations, etc., scheduled throughout the day.  At certain points in the schedule, you must choose between a handful of sessions […]

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NCKP 2013 (17) – Building Firm Foundations for Music Literacy by Janna Olson

Sat 2013 July 27 @ 2:15pm – Building Firm Foundations for Music Literacy by Janna Olson. Edwin Gordon is a music education researcher who began what is known as the Music Learning Theory (MLT). MLT help students gain audiation. It uses a brain friendly learning sequence. Ms. Olson shared how MLT has changed her life. […]

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NCKP 2013 (16) – Singing Through Your Instrument, by Scott Donald and Klondike Steadman

Sat 2013 July 27 @ 11:15am – Singing Through Your Instrument, by Scott Donald and Klondike Steadman. Mr. Steadman began the Orpheus Academy of Music with the intention of being able to offer private and group classes for students and constant interaction between teachers. Singing is so beneficial because it brings students joy and allows […]

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NCKP 2013 (15) – Teaching Demonstration: It’s Only Natural: Planting the Seeds for Growth in Elementary Teaching, by Amy Glennon and Angela Triandafillou

Sat 2013 July 27 – Teaching Demonstration: It’s Only Natural: Planting the Seeds for Growth in Elementary Teaching, by Amy Glennon and Angela Triandafillou Ms. Glennon and Ms. Triandafillou suggested that students are like seeds: we must provide the correct environment but we cannot force them to grow. They must grow themselves naturally. What is […]

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NCKP 2013 (14) – Teaching Demonstration: Masterclass with Peter Mack

Fri 2013 July 26 @ 3:15 – Teaching Demonstration: Masterclass with Peter Mack. The three students who played in this masterclass were winners of MTNA competitions. The first student, Katrina Jia, performed the Schumann Arabeske, Op. 18. Dr. Mack first discussed how gesture is important for establishing the intended mood, even before playing a note. […]

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NCKP 2013 (13) – Teaching Piano Using the Dalcroze Method, by Seung-Ji Ryu.

Fri 2013 July 26 @ 2:15pm – Teaching Piano Using the Dalcroze Method, by Seung-Ji Ryu. Seung-Ji Ryu is the director of the Hansei Dalcroze Center and is Professor of piano pedagogy at Hansi University in Korea. Dalcroze believed in connecting movement and music. He was influenced by Laban’s ideas about movement. Ms. Ryu asked […]

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NCKP 2013 (12) – PEDx3 Sessions

Fri 2013 July 26 – PEDx3 Sessions Session #1 – Opening Recital; then “Pirates and the Importance of ‘Lisztening,’” by Jarrod Radnich. Mr. Radnich began by performing a few of his arrangements and compositions, including the Harry Potter “Hedwig’s Theme,” a beautiful new Christmas arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” his signature arrangement of […]

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NCKP 2013 (11) – Teaching Demonstration: Magic Not Required! By Catharine Lysinger

Th 2013 July 25 – Teaching Demonstration: Magic Not Required! How Planning and Persistence Produce Young Pianists, by Catharine Lysinger and featuring 6th grade student Natalie Grimes and mother Rhonda. Broad Teaching Goals: – To become nearly dispensable. – Empower students to learn effectively. – Build confidence for preparation and performance. Frequent performance allows this. […]

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NCKP 2013 (10) – Forgotten Gems for Piano 4-Hands, by Steven Harlos

Th 2013 July 25 @ 2:15 Beyond Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms: Forgotten Gems for Piano 4-Hands, by Steven Harlos with Laura Melton, Carolyn True, and Bradley Beckman After Mozart and his contemporaries, composers began producing a tidal wave of piano duet compositions. It was a fantastic pastime of amateur pianists. The program of lesser known […]

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NCKP 2013 (9) – A Teacher’s Companion for All Methods, by Craig Sale and Judith Jain

Th 2013 July 25 @ 11:15 A Teacher’s Companion for All Methods, by Craig Sale and Judith Jain This session was all about the essential role of preparation. Most method books do a great job with presentation, but not necessarily with preparation. Often, we as teachers end up being “turn the page and see what […]

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